Sunrise Visitor Center

Sunrise Visitor Center, Mount Rainier National Park: Address, Phone Number, Sunrise Visitor Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Sunrise Visitor Center
4.5
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Tourist center located on the eastern side of Mount Rainier National Park.
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,193 contributions
Aug 2021
From the Sunrise Visitor Center, we did the Mount Fremont Lookout Trail which was our 2nd favorite hike in Mount Rainier. Our favorite hike was the Skyline Trail. We stayed in Packwood so the Sunrise area was around 1.5 hours from us. On the day we did the Mount Fremont hike (Wednesday 8/4), we got to the parking lot at 7:20 am and had no issues finding parking. By the time we got back to the car at 11:30 am, the parking was full and people were waiting for spots.
Written August 20, 2021
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CoralReef
Washington2,364 contributions
Aug 2021
The road up was not scary or difficult, and the views are incredible! Well worth a driving up to admire the vistas.
Written August 17, 2021
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Sarah R
Kent, WA747 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
We had never visited the Sunrise area before. It was amazing. We had perfect weather! Be sure to stop at the lookout (in the middle of a hairpin turn). We took many photos. We continued up to Sunrise visitor center, it was closed due to covid. A ranger was set up outside the building to answer questions. The wild flowers were starting to bloom. The restrooms were open. The flush toilets and running water were found in a small building near the visitor center.
Written July 8, 2021
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adventuresof_jade_
Ridgefield, WA2,105 contributions
Jul 2020
This was my 4th visit to Mount Rainier NP, DH's 3rd, and both of our 1st time to the Sunrise area.
We've always gone to Paradise, but we finally decided to check out Sunrise since it was actually open.
The road to sunrise is only open for a couple of months out of the year making it not the easiest of places to get to, and we've always gone to Paradise because it's a shorter drive for us.
We also checked the weather and it was saying the mountain should be out.
So with that we decided to take a chance and get up early and make the drive.
After living in the PNW 4 years now we've learned that the weather here is extremely unpredictable, and being in the mountains of course the weather can change very quickly so we were hoping to not be disappointed.
Well we were not, she was out and showing off all of her magnificent beauty and it was a glorious gorgeous day.
I had no idea how crazy busy it was going to be, yes it's a Saturday in July, but it's during covid-19.
All parking was gone except for 2 spots when we got there, so we were glad that we left early.
There are 2 other reasons we're glad we left early, 2nd one is we only spent only about 10 mins in line getting into the park in the morning, but as we left around 2pm there was a line probably an hour wait or longer, some people were turning around.
Super crazy people were parking their cars half in the road when all parking was taken, instead of driving on and finding somewhere else with parking, which is what you're supposed to do, they would just block traffic, I mean it was insanity, you should not visit these parks if you cannot follow the rules.
I was shocked at how packed in all the cars were at the visitor center.
There were so many people, majority wearing masks some not, it was a strange surreal moment because it was the first time we'd visited anywhere but the grocery store since March.
Sunrise is at 6,400 feet and where we live is at 75 feet elevation so I was honestly having a hard time breathing with the mask on.
When I would be completely alone on the trail I'd take it off, or as soon as people passed me and it looked clear I'd take it off again, but the trail was pretty busy, and I had to turn back around for feeling a lack of oxygen.
We had our dog wish us too, and he couldn't be on the trail, so each one of us watched him at the trail head, whilst each one of us could go and explore some.
It's really not a great place for small dogs because of the bears, but we couldn't leave him at home alone for as long as this trip takes in a day, and he couldn't stay in the car of course.
Maybe next time a Dog sitter would have work better.
The views from the rim trail are spectacular, and it's so green and gorgeous, it's what we love about WA state and being Washingtonian's for 4 years now, there's a reason they call it the evergreen state.
Be Bear aware here, and when hiking I always have bear spray, I did see a Deer on the trail, and there was talk of a Bear near the visitor center.
The mountain is just so incredibly amazing, it's hard not to stare and get mesmerized by it's beauty.
After enjoying our time and hating how it was starting to feel really crowded we made the drive back home.
As we were leaving the clouds were rolling in and started covering the mountain so that was the 3rd reason we were happy we left early in the morning.
We will be back, we love our cascade mountains.
Plus we love and support our wonderful National parks.
Written August 16, 2020
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Meg
Wenatchee, WA9 contributions
Aug 2020
Amazing hikes of all varieties. Many travel up the surrounding mountains for a close up look at the majestic Mt. Rainer. The trails slope through sub-alpine meadows, filled with birds, marmots, and the occasional mountain goat. Some parts of the trail are covered in snow (early August) so be careful.
Written August 7, 2020
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Innsbruck30
Pennsylvanians Who Love The Alps15 contributions
Sep 2019
My wife and I drove to Sunrise and immediately saw a doe walking next to the parking lot. The shop was fun and the food was good, but the thing was the superb views. Mt. Rainier was perfect.. We took a couple short walks and really enjoyed ourselves.
Written April 13, 2020
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jatoes
Galion, OH156 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
A former Navy shipmate from over 30 years ago surprised my wife and I with a trip from their house to the Sunrise visitor center. We had two days previous of perfect clear views of the mountain while in downtown Seattle doing normal tourist stops. We were so lucky to have perfect weather for a visit to the visitor center with such a wonderful view of the mountain. Would love to go back someday and hike around more.
Written October 29, 2019
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson933 contributions
Sep 2019
Most visitors see Rainier from Paradise, or one of the other southern centers. Because Sunrise stands alone on the east it offers a view of the mountain the others don't. The exhibit area is second only to Paradise in the park, and there is a snack bar to tide you over between trails. Plus, if you're on the drive to Sunrise other sights (i.e. Tipsoo Lake) are along the way. Recommend the Burrough Mountain trail to get to a (relatively) close up view of the mountain. It is long, and the southern return trail can be hairy if you aren't a fan of heights. Keep in mind that there are no lodging facilities here so plan for the drive to and from wherever you are staying.
Written October 1, 2019
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a.suthers
scotland, uk339 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Smaller museum and gift shop than Paradise, but the location is better as higher up. Ranger very helpful re walk ideas. Big fire roaring away. Some outside work going on at moment but doesn't really affect you. Cloudy day when we went but can imagine view on clear day awesome.
Written September 19, 2019
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Kristy
Huntsville, AL690 contributions
Sep 2019
We drove over from staying at Paradise Inn. It is at least 90 min to get there but oh, so pretty. The visitor center has a nice museum and sells a few items. There are 2 pairs of free binocular scope you can use to view the mt.
I was, as an adult, able to get my junior ranger and also my citizen ranger here. You can work on this throughout the park. There is a little work involved in both but fun to do if you like to learn.
We saw several animals while we were in the area; a mother bear and cub, a herd of goats, & a couple of soaring birds.
This neat part about this area is that you are nearly above the tree line so it is much more open and lots to see.
We did a 7 mile loop hike that was more than we had planned but it was just beautiful at every step. We were even able to see a aqua kettle lake.
Written September 12, 2019
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